This article in the National Post would lead credence to the popularity of gardening, but it's certainly not the way one should get a 'deal' for your garden.
Do we see this kind of thing here? It would be easy to think that this is a 'big city' problem, but it continues to amaze us the lengths and risks folks will go to to acquire 'that plant' for their garden. You wonder how they can look at it's continuing beauty without having the guilt take the joy out of the garden.
Enraged flower lovers losing battle to keep plant-stealers at bay